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Documents and Media

Namesort descending Type Post date
Building Resilience in Colorado Front Range Forests Other Documents February 01, 2018
Carbon storage in mountain rivers Briefing Papers December 04, 2014
Center for Landscape Science Charter Other Documents December 14, 2015
Changes in channel morphology over human time scales Briefing Papers December 04, 2014
Consequences of salvage logging on post-beetle outbreak lodgepole pine forests Briefing Papers December 04, 2014
Estimating valley confinement Briefing Papers December 04, 2014
Geomorphic road analysis and inventory package (GRAIP) Briefing Papers January 23, 2015
Hayman fire research summary, 2003-2012 Other Documents November 09, 2015
Presentations about ecoregions Presentations December 14, 2015
Remote sensing of stream channels Briefing Papers January 23, 2015

Galleries

Trailing Edge Forest Southern Rockies ecoregion

Trailing edge forest Southern Rockies ecoregion

Forests are an incredibly important resource across the globe, yet they are threatened by climate change through stressors such as drought, insect outbreaks, and wildfire.

Whitebark pine distribution and regeneration

Whitebark pine seedling in a lodgepole pine/Douglas-fir stand, White Cloud Mountains, Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an ecologically important species in high-altitude areas of the West due to the habitat and food source it provides for Clark’s nutcrackers, red...

Restoring whitebark pine ecosystems

Growing rust-resistant whitebark pine seedlings at the Coeur d’Alene Nursery. Photo by Robert E. Keane.

Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are declining across most of their range in North America because of the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae...

The most comprehensive inventory of Colorado’s forests – ever!

Colorado’s forests have sustained people for millennia. Photo by J.D. Shaw

The results are in from Forest Inventory Analysis data collected from 2002 to 2014, reporting on growth, mortality, and many other forest characteristics.

Forest Service science bolsters sagebrush and sage-grouse conservation

Wyoming big sagebrush, Owyhee County (southwest) Idaho. Photo by Matt Fisk, USDA FS

Sagebrush ecosystems are among the largest and most threatened ecosystems in North America. Greater sage-grouse has served as the bellwether for species conservation in these ecosystems and has...

Wildland fire: Nature’s fuel treatment

One year after the 2011 Miller Creek fire in the Gila Wilderness, New Mexico. Photo by Sean Parks

In recent decades, many landscapes across the western United States have experienced substantial fire activity. These fires consume fuels and alter vegetation structure, which may be able to serve...

Research on ferruginous hawks in Wyoming

John Squires, Research Scientist, and Bob Wiltzen, RMRS technician, instrumenting a ferruginous hawk with a solar GPS transmitter.

Over the past decade and a half, raptors nesting in prairie ecosystems have been subject to sharp increases in nearby energy development activity.

Ecology of Mexican spotted owls

Scientists use plastic color bands to allow for visual identification of individual owls

RMRS scientists have been involved in Mexican Spotted Owl recovery efforts since before the species was listed as Threatened in 1993.

Tracking Canada lynx in insect-impacted forests

Close-up of an immobilized Canada lynx just removed from a trap, Rio Grande National Forest, 2015.

Canada lynx, and their primary prey snowshoe hares, live in high-elevation spruce-fir forests, which are increasingly modified by spruce-bark beetle outbreaks.  One important management question...

Understory recovery in harvested ponderosa pine forests on the Black Hills National Forest

Permanent study plot in 2007 immediately prior to timber harvest.

Scientists with the Rocky Mountain Research Station and university partners are investigating the short- and long-term resiliency of understory vegetation of ponderosa pine forests to a variety...